Already posted this in the virtual subtread of the forum, but since my issue is actually DHCP, and I don't believe the virtualization itself to be the issue (DHCP works when requested from the LAN computers - Pfsense LAN NIC answers - which in turn makes it hard to believe switch or vmware config is wrong). So i take my chances and post it here as well as I believe this is a pfsense/isp-modem issue.
VMware-host: HP Proliant DL585 G2
Core-switch: D-Link DGS 1210-16 (VLAN's enabled: WAN_100, LAN_500, LAN_800, DMZ_200, iSCSI_400, MGMT_300)
The VMware-host and the switch itself is resided in the VLAN 300 area, AKA: Management
On the VMware-host the vswitch0 is defined with one single nic (I know this is not optimal - but I couldn't get around to drag 4 lan cables through the entire house, and out into the servere-room in the garage - one cable was enough! :-) - all VLAN's are defined as portgroups, named equal to the VLAN config on the switch)
Btw; Im running ESXi 5.0 U1
Pfsense 2.01 is installed on a local VM, and given 4 nics; WAN, LAN, LAN, DMZ
LAN1 is defined as 10.0.1.1/24 with DHCP enabled
LAN2 is defined as 184.108.40.206/24 with DHCP enabled
DMZ is defined as 192.168.254.1/24 with no DHCP
WAN is defined as DHCP
My ISP modem is bridged (Zyxel P2812) and connected to PORT1 (untagged member of WAN_100. Port 16 is tagged member)
My LAPTOP is connected to PORT3 (untagged member LAN_500, PORT 16 is tagged member)
MY PC is connected to PORT 10 (untagged member LAN_800, PORT 16 tagget member)
My Management-pc is connected to port 15 (untagged member MGMT_300, PORT 16 tagged member)
vSwitch0 is connected to vmnic0 which in turn is cabled to port 16
OK, my results:
LAPTOP gets DHCP from pfsense, and can communicate with PFsense WEBadmin
PC gets DHCP from pfsense on the other VLAN
Management-pc can administer both Switch and VMware-host, but ofcourse not the pfsense itself nor see the laptop or PC....
So seems everything is working, except the KEY factor of having pfsense at all..... I have no internet..... because the WAN interface is stuck at 0.0.0.0
So what to do? If I understand this correctly, pfsense will send a DHCP request, which eventually will hit the WAN_100 portgroup o vswitch0, get tagged with VLAN 100, and sent out on vmnic0, which in turn is connected to port 16, tagged member of WAN_100 VLAN on the switch. Untagged member here is Port1 so the request will exit here untagged and hit the Zyxel.... the response will inturn go back to the core-switch, get tagged with VLAN 100 and be routed back to VMware and the portgroup.... atleast it works this way for all the other vlans.... so why is DHCP for WAN not working?? There's nothing blocking DHCP reuests in my setup, as DHCP works from both VLAN 500 and VLAN 800....
Seems to me the problem is either pfsense, or the Zyxel not receiving the packet, or responding correctly??